Restaurants in Dublin
If your idea of Irish fare starts and stops with corned beef and cabbage, Dublin restaurants will surprise you. Ireland's capital now has no shortage of excellent dining options, from traditional Irish cuisine, updated versions of it, and international fare.
If you are looking for Italian, head to the Quartier Bloom and the Enoteca delle Langhe with its excellent wine list accompanied and by platters of cured meats and cheeses. If you are looking for something more substantial, specialties include seafood risotto and spaghetti Bolognese.
Town Bar and Grill on Kildare Street is another popular option with its Italian meets Irish look and food. The floors of the dining room are made out of terracotta while a rotating collection of artworks are hung on the walls. The restaurant mixes Irish ingredients with Italian techniques and offers dishes like braised rabbit with lardons, fresh vegetables, and mascarpone mash.
Ask any local for their list of the best restaurants in Dublin and you'll likely hear the names in this guide. For travelers on a budget, restaurants in Dublin are surprisingly affordable (especially if you compare them to New York or London prices).
As one-third of the Ely group of restaurants, this wine bar supplies guests with 400 options by the bottle, of which, nearly 100 are served by the glass.
A newly opened offshoot of the eponymous oyster bar in London, this Bentley’s marks a return of Irish chef Richard Corrigan to his native turf.
Featured on television and in books, Chef Kevin Thornton had made his mission clear to incorporate Irish ingredients into modern cuisine.
Suffused with an understated attitude of perennial hipness, the Mermaid has been an oasis of cool since it opened in 1996. The space is bright, clean, and contemporary, and Gavin Pedersen’s menu—which falls somewhere along the culinary spectrum between Ireland and New England—follows suit.
Down a few steps, into what was once Mitchell’s Wine Merchants, this underground cellar is now the location of the upscale Italian restaurant, Town Bar and Grill.
A dramatic restaurant setting can often mean underwhelming food—but Quay 16 is a happy exception to this rule.
Reservations aren’t accepted at this superb, if slightly self-conscious bistro, which is unmarked by signage of any sort (you’ll find the door beside Hogan’s Pub).
No visit to Dublin is complete without a taste of the city’s signature treat: a bag of greasy, deliciously crunchy fried cod and chips.
The Quartier Bloom is Dublin’s small, but busy Italian district. It is home to a handful of shops and restaurants, one of which is the wine-focused Enoteca delle Langhe.
In the back are stained-glass windows, designed by the early-20th-century craftsman Harry Clarke, glowing with parrots and feathery foliage.
The Irish comfort food at Roly’s is served in a dining room with yellow-painted walls, white linen-covered tables, and maroon banquettes. Located directly above its bakery and all-day café, which serves coffee and homemade pastries, it has been open since 1992.
At Michelle Darmody's Cake Café, a restaurant in the Portobello neighborhood, the building was designed to be sustainable and with materials that were apparently "healthy and organic," as indeed is the food.
Chef Aine Maguire is one of the rising stars of the Irish food scene (a fact that Michelin recognized by awarding The Winding Stair its Bib Gourmand in 2008).